Today's Top Political and Coronavirus News Compilation - Wednesday, February 17, 2021 (1 Viewer)

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Below are some of the top political news stories of the day:


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Democratic drive for Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus plan could leave progressive priorities behind
As Democrats battled over the wage increase, a dispute also broke out over liberals’ call for canceling $50,000 in federal student loan debt for borrowers.

Updated 7:59 PM CST

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McConnell's plan to deal with Trump: Ignore him
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Rush Limbaugh, ‘voice of American conservatism,’ has died
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Republicans remember Rush Limbaugh as revolutionary 'giant' in conservative politics
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Explainer: The legal questions left unanswered by Trump's impeachment trial
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Biden White House memo reveals strategy to pressure Republicans on COVID relief
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Fact check: Biden makes at least four false statistical claims at CNN town hall
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Ex-Trump press secretary criticized for stirring up QAnon on Twitter
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Biden backs studying reparations as Congress considers bill
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Plaintiffs in Capitol riot suit against Trump say 1871 Ku Klux Klan Act 'fit so well'
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What Trump Gets Wrong About McConnell
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Stumbles, Clashes and Egos: Behind the Scenes With Trump's Legal Team - NY Times
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Senior Pentagon official says 'not aware' of any threats in DC as National Guard prepares to stand down
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Trump could still be barred from holding future office, said Rep. Jamie Raskin
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73% of adults say belief in conspiracy theories in US 'out of control': Poll
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Biden will press for COVID relief plan with AFL-CIO, other labor leaders
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On The Trail: Trump threatens a Tea Party redux
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Florida Governor Accused Of 'Playing Politics' With COVID-19 Vaccine
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Before Fox News and President Trump, there was Rush Limbaugh
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GOP state lawmakers and election officials launch commission to examine voting laws
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Trump-McConnell rift threatens GOP's Senate hopes
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Trump impeachment manager says she's filled with 'glee' at prospect of questioning McCarthy about Capitol riot
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US charges North Korean computer programmers in global hacks
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Collins says GOP should move away from being about 'just one person'
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Trump mourns Rush Limbaugh's death on Fox News — and repeats false election claims
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Justice Department charges 3 North Korean hackers in $1.3 billion theft scheme
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The political world reacts to Rush Limbaugh's death
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'I got no defense' Ted Cruz admits in controversy over energy policies in California and Texas
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Cuomo pushes back at Dem critic Ron Kim over nursing home scandal: 'A long and hostile relationship'
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Covid stimulus may leave aid for sick workers behind
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Trump-McConnell feud threatens Republicans’ path to power
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Key Democrats unhappy with Biden's reluctance to cancel $50,000 in student debt
Biden will ask DOJ to review his authority to cancel student loan debt - White House
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Liberal groups launch 'Latino Anti-Disinformation Lab' to combat Covid, election messaging
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Top Biden cybersecurity official details response to SolarWinds breach
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8 shot in Philadelphia, 1 person in custody: Police
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Texans risk safety in search for heat amid winter weather disaster (video)
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OAN, Newsmax, Gateway Pundit saw traffic spike in 2020
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Group of U.S. senators say mail continues to face 'unacceptable delays'
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How Biden could find himself on the same side as Trump
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Joe Manchin will keep Senate's 'Byrd rule' flying
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DeSantis defends controversial vaccine deal with developer -- and threatens to pull vaccines if officials don't like it
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Power outages linger for millions as another icy storm looms
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Texas deep freeze causes electricity prices to spike 10,000 percent
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Renewable energy is not to blame for the Texas energy crisis
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'You're On Your Own': Texans Without Power Try To Survive After Electric Grid Fails
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The Lincoln Project's spectacular downfall: A timeline
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Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: Harris faces pushback on reopening schools
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Biden’s snub of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is a ‘warning’ of a relationship downgrade
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Cuomo said 'he can destroy me': NY assemblyman alleges governor threatened him over nursing homes scandal
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South slammed by 2nd dangerous storm: Latest forecast
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Biden’s Medicare pick would be 1st Black woman to hold post
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Judge orders 2 Capitol insurrection suspects to remain in jail
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Three officers charged in Floyd death file for dismissal
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Trump Praises Limbaugh, Who Died Wednesday, As A 'Legend'
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Trump 'won't say yet' if he's running in 2024
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More deadly storms coming so prepare better, experts say
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Exclusive: Big Tech's Democratic critics discuss ways to strike back with White House
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Facebook Blocks News In Australia Over Government Plan To Force Payment To Publishers
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California OK’s mailed ballots for 2021 as recall looms
Texas shivers as furious officials call for answers over outages
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South Carolina Democrats walk out to protest bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state
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Texas blackouts fuel false claims about renewable energy
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Biden picks Brooks-LaSure to run Medicare, Medicaid agency
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U.S. lawmakers ask Blinken for briefing on Nord Stream 2 natgas pipeline
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Texas mayor resigns after telling freezing residents to stop complaining about cold snap
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Catastrophic power outages in Texas aren't just a result of the cold
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Rep. Burgess Owens: 'Unfair and heartless' for Democrats to raise Black Americans' hopes for reparations
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IRS says all $600 stimulus payments from December bill have been sent
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Democrat says Cuomo vowed to 'destroy' him for criticizing nursing home Covid response
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Senate Dems take a page from GOP in judicial nominee battles
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Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers?
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Five things to know about Texas's strained electric grid
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NASA's Perseverance rover to attempt ambitious landing on Mars
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Explainer: What is the Ku Klux Klan Act cited in lawsuit against Trump
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Amazon’s secret strategy to dodge India’s regulators
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Tim Scott blasts Dems’ proposed $15 minimum wage, says killing millions more jobs is ‘not common sense’
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Donald Trump's Atlantic City casino implodes, Mar-a-Lago helipad demolished

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With Trump's impeachment trial over, Biden pushes his agenda in televised town hall
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Trump launches GOP civil war with attack on 'hack' McConnell
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Biden reframes his goal on reopening of elementary schools
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Biden suggests more police funding, no jail for drug offenders
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Biden opposes defunding the police. Here's what that means
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Biden cautiously predicts 'very different circumstance' with pandemic by Christmas
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Riot probe to likely focus on McCarthy-Trump call
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Graham: Mitch McConnell was 'indispensable' to Trump's success (video)
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6 takeaways from Joe Biden's CNN town hall
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Executioners sanitized accounts of deaths in federal cases
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Biden says admin will focus on 'dangerous' white supremacists
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Biden dismisses a Democratic plan to wipe out $50,000 in federal student-loan debt - BI
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Biden wants to put a Black woman on the Supreme Court. That's underscored a lack of diversity in lower courts
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Biden caught in schools squeeze amid COVID-19 relief push: The Note
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Millions endure record cold without power; at least 20 dead
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The Birthplace of the Republican Party Buckles After Trump Nearly Blew Up the GOP
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Graham weighs in on McConnell-Trump feud, says he's 'more worried’ about 2022 than ever
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Woman charged in Capitol riot says Proud Boys recruited her
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U.S. ship sails in South China Sea by China-claimed islands
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Right-wing justices think religion is under siege. Will the full Supreme Court follow?
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Pentagon rethinking how to array forces to focus on China
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'Bunch of baloney': After Trump's acquittal, some supporters eager to see him on the ballot in 2024
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Biden: 'No one should go to jail for the use of a drug'
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Buttigieg sets goals for electric, automated freight vehicles
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Biden brings compassion, centrism and big-time vaccine promise at CNN town hall
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POLITICO Playbook: The best (and worst) of Biden’s town hall
'Five days a week': Biden recommits to his goal for reopening K-8 schools
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Biden continues $15 federal minimum wage push
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California state Republican aims at ‘cancel culture’ with two bills – but faces quick Dem backlash
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Biden asked for 6 months of extra unemployment benefits. Here's why House Democrats gave him 5 - BI
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Where things stand on the COVID-19 relief measure
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Texas power crisis points to challenges of renewable energy future
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Biden's 1st 100 days live updates: Biden makes his case for COVID relief at town hall
These voters pressed Biden on key issues. Here's what they said about his answers.
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PM Johnson charting path to re-open UK economy within months
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Texas mayor quits after saying residents are ‘lazy’ amid outages
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Reparations bill tests Biden and Harris on racial justice
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Trump declares war on McConnell — vows to back MAGA challengers against GOP
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Biden describes life at the White House: ‘A gilded cage’
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What's behind the dangerous power outages in Texas?
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Texans battle relentless 'drastic freezes' as power outages, record cold persist
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Biden says he's 'tired of talking' about 'former guy' Trump in first town hall as president - BI
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Biden honeymoon with green groups faces tests
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Hopes for DC statehood rise with Democrats back in power
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Senate GOP reelection arm targets 'vulnerable' Senate Dems on reopening schools
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Son Of Prominent Conservative Activist L. Brent Bozell Charged In Capitol Riot
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Fallout grows as details about Lincoln Project emerge
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State lawmakers propose bill to ban fracking in California by 2027
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After racial unrest across US Congress takes another look at reparations
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Biden says China to pay price for human rights abuses
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'I will not make that happen': Biden declines Democrats' call to cancel $50K in student debt
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Murkowski says she can’t fear fallout for impeachment vote
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Joe Biden’s Secret Weapon for Resetting Iran Policy
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15 states sue U.S. agency over delayed hike in automaker emissions penalties
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Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race
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Trump blasts McConnell as a 'hack' who lacks 'political insight'
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Snubbed by Obama? Joe Biden says White House ‘residence’ was unseen by him – until he moved in
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The women who fought against ISIS — an unusual experiment in women's equality
Donald Trump rips Mitch McConnell as each seeks to exert leadership after impeachment trial
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Highlights of COVID-19 relief bill progressing in House
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Princess Latifa: UN to question UAE about Dubai ruler's daughter
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What McDonald's Shows About The Minimum Wage
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Myanmar coup protesters mass again, reject army's claim it has public support
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Pandemic politicking: Israel’s election sprint echoes US’s
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Insurgence USA leader says media paid him thousands for Capitol riot footage
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CNN skips asking about Cuomo nursing home scandal, TJ Ducklo fiasco at Biden Wisconsin town hall
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House gears up for first GameStop stock hearing
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Princess Latifa: The Dubai ruler's daughter who vanished
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Trump unloads on "dour, sullen, and unsmiling" McConnell
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Hong Kong tycoon Jimmy Lai arrested again while in jail, papers say
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Khamenei: Iran will only accept action, not talk, on nuclear deal
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Big protests across Myanmar as UN expert fears violence
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Dems acting like hypocrites on Capitol security compared to border wall: Rep. Nancy Mace
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Electric vehicles are poised to aid Biden in climate fight
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Europe pulls ahead in race for hydrogen, as global project pipeline grows: report
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Protesters create gridlock in Yangon amid fears of violence
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China steps up online controls with new rule for bloggers
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U.S. shale could face weeks of depressed oil production due to cold
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Opponent of Belarusian president faces 15 years in jail as trial begins


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Coronavirus News and Updates:
Updated 7:59 PM CST

Studies suggest Pfizer, Moderna vaccines can protect against Covid variant
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UN chief urges global plan to reverse unfair vaccine access
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Exclusive: Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine supply to the EU 30% below plans, sources say
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When will life get back to normal? Fauci now says 2022
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VP Kamala Harris stresses teachers must be prioritized for Covid-19 vaccinations
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Study: Genetic mutation inherited from Neanderthals could help protect against severe COVID cases
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Thousands of service members saying no to COVID-19 vaccine
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Biden admin will spend $1.6B to expand Covid-19 testing and sequencing
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White House says teacher vaccinations are 'not a requirement to reopen'
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US govt seizes over 10M phony N95 masks in COVID-19 probe
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Analysis: Europe braces for pandemic reality to hit banks
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U.S., China face U.N. cooperation test over UK push for vaccine ceasefires

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COVID-19 bill would scale up ability to spot virus mutations
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Thousands of Amazon workers falsely told they tested positive for COVID
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Gaza to receive its first COVID-19 vaccine shipment, officials say
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COVID-19 Vaccine: Don't Miss Your 2nd Dose Because Of Scheduling Glitches
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Fauci pushes back timeline for widespread vaccinations
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Biden resets his own Covid goalposts at CNN town hall

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Biden Administration Says It Has Increased Vaccine Supply
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Biden blames Trump for vaccine delays
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Native Americans embrace vaccine, virus containment measures
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Georgia bill seeks to reunite families with loved ones in nursing homes and hospitals

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Japan begins COVID-19 vaccination in 'first major step' to halt pandemic
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Biden: Virus vaccines will be 'available' to all Americans by 'end of July'

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Former Biden advisers raise concern about mask recommendations, urge wider use of N95s
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UK gives go-ahead to expose volunteers to COVID in medical trial
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Vaccinating Homeless Patients Against COVID-19: 'All Bets Are Off'
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Demographic shifts: How will COVID impact European populations?

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Taiwan says BioNTech vaccine deal on hold, cites potential Chinese pressure
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The Intensifying Race Between Coronavirus Variants And Vaccines
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South Africa to give first COVID-19 vaccine doses to president, health workers
 
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